IOM Report: DOD, VA Not Tracking Efficacy Rates Of PTSD Treatment Closely.

Stars And Stripes (7/19, Shane) reports, “Despite millions spent treating post-traumatic stress disorder, defense and Veterans Affairs officials have little idea how effective those programs are because they don’t track cases closely enough, a new report contends.” Officials from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), which “issued the report last week at the request of Congress, said the departments need a better handle on what treatments work.” In “separate statements, Pentagon and VA officials did not address the issue of tracking treatment success rates, but said their departments have worked closely to find solutions to the PTSD problems.” The KUOW-FM Seattle, WA (7/19) website publishes a similar story.

Newspaper Says Conclusions Of IOM Report Are “Startling.” In an editorial, the Columbus (GA) Ledger-Enquirer(7/18) calls the conclusions of the IOM report “startling.” The IOM “plans a follow-up analysis in 2014. Let’s hope that one can say we acted” on the IOM’s first analysis.

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— “Report: DOD, VA don’t adequately track success rates of PTSD treatment, “Leo Shane III, Stars and Stripes, July 18, 2012.

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